ALBANY – A strong majority of New York’s ethics commissioners present for a vote on Tuesday voted in favor of revoking the approval of former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s lucrative book deal. Yet the motion was still defeated by a vote because so many other commissioners had left the meeting by the time the vote took place late Tuesday afternoon.
By a margin of seven votes for and two against, the commissioners overseeing the Joint Commission on Public Ethics failed to pass a motion rescinding its own staff’s approval for Cuomo to write last year’s book. , “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Eight votes in favor were needed to pass the motion. And at the time of the vote around 3:30 p.m. – five hours after the meeting began – five of the 14 JCOPE commissioners did were not present.Long executive session in camera, where the motion and other matters were secretly discussed, before proceeding to the vote in public.